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Quick tips on expressing character

keyboardsmashwriters:

Anonymous asked you:

i’m sorry if you answered a question like this before, but i couldn’t really find anything, so i apologize. i’m writing a scene where one character beats up another character in front of a large group of people, and the one getting attacked can’t fight back (which is part of the plot but it’s long and detailed so i won’t go into that). she had no idea about this plan to attack her beforehand, and i’m not really sure how i should write her humiliation or how she deals with the pain.

Firstly, in order to most effectively and honestly portray a character, you’ve gotta climb deep into that character’s brain. Take their psychological makeup and spread it out in front of you. If you’re a visual person, create a chart.

Let’s take the feeling of “humiliation”. What led to this humiliation? Any or all of these things might be it:

  • Being forced into a compromising position.
  • Weaknesses (both physical and mental) shoved under public display and dissection.
  • Being treated like a “lower” or “lesser” human being.
  • Physical trauma generating a sense of fear.

Secondly, find out what the feeling of humiliation causes your character to do. Really dig deep, find out what’s realistic for this particular character. Here’s a list of examples:

  • Anger sets in and causes violent reactions or thoughts.
  • Depression turns character completely numb or off to everyone around.
  • Anxiety causes fear of others, surroundings, or even what might happen the next day.

When expressing these emotions, think in terms of showing, not telling. “Tendons swelled in my arms, and veins bulged between my knuckles as my fists shook,” versus, “I was angry and I thought of punching something.”

Of course, “telling” does have its appropriate times when used effectively. The two example sentences might even form a greater combination than they would singly if phrased like this: “Tendons swelled in my arms, and veins bulged between my knuckles as my fists shook. I wanted to punch something. Anything. I didn’t care what.”

Inner reflection is a good thing, as it conveys some things (like character voice) that simply showing through actions can’t. Just make sure to practice finding the right balance.

Thirdly, figure out how these emotions dictate their actions.

  • Anger: Thoughts of revenge or retaliation. Character might plan something to humiliate their abuser in turn. Character might try to get into better shape and become stronger so they’re never put in that position again, and/or character might gather up materials to do something dangerous.
  • Depression: Character pushes others away from helping, shuts door, cries out of thoughts of hopelessness. Character tries to find outlets to escape depression, anything from reading to drinking, or even more dangerous things. Can’t focus on daily chores or maintaining relationships.
  • Anxiety: Panic attacks cause character to lose control of breathing or go into shock. A constant sense of fear drives character to check locks all the time and keep curtains drawn on every window, maybe keep a weapon of some sort handy or 911 on speed dial. Too scared to leave home or sleep at night.

Depression, anxiety, and anger problems are always best researched so that the character is portrayed realistically and respectfully, but these are some basic examples of how the character might react. A character might even react in a combination of ways, perhaps even contrastingly. Contrast and inner conflict build a stronger dynamic.

Also, in terms of traumatizing events, make sure to check out shock, and when considering wounds/physical damage, research the heck out of that. (As an example, one type of physical trauma that I see portrayed inaccurately the most is concussions. Make sure to always get facts straight on wounds.)

Think not only in terms of instant after effects, but also long-term effects. Reveal these things physiologically, through inner reflection, and also through action. Each of these things adds depth and conveys a sense of humanness that characters should portray.

Remember that characters aren’t cardboard cut-outs, but reflections of real, complex people. If you keep this in mind and focus on bringing this human element forward, a lot of things should fall into place on their own. Or, you can try checking when characters aren’t standing out.

Good luck!

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Numbers: 1 - 50

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Send my muse one of the following to see how they react! (Fluffy)

rp-ask-box-memes:

  • "You. Me. Cuddle. Now."
  • "Don’t move, I just got comfy."
  • "I’m scared, hold me!"
  • "I bit my lip. Will you kiss it better?"
  • "Tickle war has been declared!"
  • "Bunny pyjamas, really?"
  • "I’ve never seen so many kittens in one place."
  • "Come on, just one bite."
  • "I never imagined you were so… ticklish."
  • "You’re so huggable."
  • "You’re under arrest for being too cute. Put your hands where I can hold them."
  • "Have you fallen asleep on me?"

Writing Masterpost

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Character Help

Dialogue

General Help

Plotting

Prompts and Ideas

Research

Revision

Setting

Sounds to listen to whilst writing

Tools

This took me a good few hours and a lot of effort to make and even though it was mainly for myself anyone can feel free to use it, for the note it is still under construction and I am undergoing fixes. So If anyone actually does use this other than myself and notices a broken link or something not quite right, could you please inform me about it? Thank you.

{ Place One in My Inbox - Questions Edition }

Can work as an ice breaker, starter maker, or just a simple little ask meme.

  • "Am I dead?"
  • "Another one?"
  • "And what if I don’t?"
  • "Are you afraid of God?"
  • "Are you crazy?”
  • "Are you lost?"
  • "Are you really that shallow?"
  • "Are you sure it’s okay?"
  • "Are you sure there were no survivors?"
  • "Can I trust you?"
  • "Can we go now?"
  • "Can we not fight tonight?"
  • "Can’t or won’t?"
  • "Do you even care about how I feel?"
  • "Do you expect me to believe that?"
  • "Do you have any idea what you just did?"
  • "Do you love me?"
  • "Do you trust me?"
  • "Do you want to talk about it?"
  • "How could you do this?"
  • "How did you escape?"
  • "How long has it been since you last slept?"
  • "How long have you been there?"
  • "Is that blood behind your ear?"
  • "Is that really a gamble you’re willing to make?"
  • "Just go, alright?"
  • "Mind if I sleep here tonight?"
  • "Really?"
  • "Tell me: have you ever been afraid like this?"
  • "That’s the best you could come up with?"
  • "Wait, were you being sarcastic or…?"
  • "Want to hear a secret?"
  • "Was I the only one who thought that?"
  • "Well, that’s what I said, isn’t it?"
  • "What are you?"
  • "What are you doing here?"
  • "What do I have to say to make you understand?"
  • "What do you keep writing in that notebook?"
  • "What do you want with me?"
  • "What happened?"
  • "What if you stayed this time?"
  • "What if… what if I don’t want to be free?"
  • "What’s in it for me?"
  • "What’s in it for you?"
  • "When have I ever lied to you?"
  • "Where did you go?"
  • "Where did you last see it?"
  • "Where’s the rest of the body?"
  • "Who are you?"
  • "Who did this to you?"
  • "Why are you so angry?"
  • "Why are you so calm about this?"
  • "Why do you have this urge to control people all the time?"
  • "Why do you keep doing this to me?"
  • "Why do you have to make everything about you?"
  • "Why does it always have to be alcohol?"
  • "Why don’t you come over here and prove it?"
  • "Why is the truth so important to you?"
  • "Why should I help you?"
  • "Wouldn’t that be nice?"
  • "You don’t remember me?"
  • "You expect me to believe you haven’t done this before?"
  • "You’ve been pretending all this time?"
MASTER POST OF ALL DRABBLES!! || Always Accepting! || Feel Free To Reblog And Add More!

Scream: My character has caused yours to scream out for some reason
Headache: How my character will take care of yours when they have a headache
Expecting: Our characters find out they are expecting a child together
Milkshake: Our characters will have to split a milkshake
Coffee: My character will be hyped up on coffee and pester yours
Graveyard: My character will visit your characters grave
Spectre: My character will be visited by your character’s ghost or vice versa
Bleed: My character will injure your character
Dream: My character will have a dream about your character
Busted: Your character will catch mine doing something they shouldn’t.
O Romeo: I will write my character missing/looking for yours.
O Juliet: I will write about my character’s feelings for yours.
O Macbeth: I will write about how my character kills yours.
O Hero: I will write about my character mourning yours.
O Puck: I will write about my character pranking yours.
O Titiana: I will write about our characters sharing a night in bed or sharing a kiss. Specify.
O Oberon: I’ll write about my character getting angry at yours over something they did.
Amuse Me: I will write a funny drabble about my character trying to cheer yours up.
Break Me: I will write an angsty drabble about our characters.
Call Me: I will write a drabble about my character asking for yours [be it at the brink of death/in a battlefield/knocking on the front door wounded, feel free to specify.]
Drink Me: I will write a drabble about my character taking shots with yours.
Enamor Me: I will write a fluffy drabble about my character trying to woo yours [be it out of the blue/Valentines Day,feel free to specify.]
Fight Me: I will write a drabble out my character fighting with/or against yours.
Get Me: I will write a drabble about my character saving yours.
Haunt Me: I’ll write a drabble about my character watching over yours [as a ghost, watching from a distance, or otherwise, feel free to specify.]
Invite Me: I’ll write a drabble about my character asking your character to
Join Me: I’ll write a drabble about my character giving your character an offer [be it a proposal for an alliance, asking them to join them in an activity (you can get dirty if you want), feel free to specify.]
Kill Me: I’ll write a drabble about my character killing yours.
Love Me: I’ll write a fluffy drabble about our characters.
Mourn Me: I’ll write a drabble about my character mourning your character’s death.
Nurse Me: I’ll write a drabble about my character healing yours.
Offer Me: I’ll write a drabble about my character giving yours a gift.
Paint Me: I’ll write a drabble about my character drawing a picture of yours [like one of your french girls~ be it painting them or drawing them, maybe offering a picture of them as a gift, feel free to specify.]
Quite Me: I’ll write a drabble about my character trying to calm yours down [be it from crying, from lashing out, feel free to specify.]
Remember Me: I’ll write a drabble about my character trying to get yours to remember them [be it from an accident, meeting them after years apart, feel free to specify.]
Shag Me: I’ll write a dirty drabble about our characters.
Tell Me: I’ll write a drabble about my character confessing something to yours [be it a love confession, a secret, feel free to specify.]
Unbind Me: I’ll write a drabble about your character freeing mine, or the other way around, or something among the lines [be it freeing them from jail, from handcuffs, from a trap, from a curse, feel free to specify.]
Value Me: I’ll write a drabble about my character telling yours how they feel about them.
Wed Me: I’ll write a drabble about our character under the subject of wedlock [be it my character proposing to yours, or marrying yours, feel free to specify.]
X Me: I will write whatever it is that you wish, [specify.]
Yahoo Me: I’ll write a drabble about our characters celebrating something [feel free to specify.]
Zip Me: I’ll write a drabble about your character dressing mine, or the other way around [this can also be used for shutting them up as well, but feel free to specify.]
Sleep: My character needs to stay at your character’s house for the night, or vise versa. Specify. (you can add any other special things that could happen!)
Drink: My character will call, text, or show up at your character’s house drunk. Specify which of the three.
Heal: My character will tend to your character’s wounds, or be at their side when they’re sick.
Confess: My character will speak their true feelings about your character. (or about a topic. you may choose.)
Death: My character’s reaction to your character dying.
Time: My character is running late! They are supposed to meet your character at ___________ (fill in the blank) or vise versa. Specify.
Protect: My character keeps yours safe from harm.
Kiss: My character kisses yours, or vise versa. Specify.
Dream: My character wakes up in the middle of the night because of a dream with your character in it.
Run!: My character is chasing your character (or vise versa) OR both characters are being chased by ___________ (fill in the blank).
Sky: Our characters are stargazing.
Help: My character requests help from your character (be something silly or serious, you may decide.)
Gift: My character gives your character something special. Or vise versa. Specify.
I Do: I will write our characters as a married couple
Broken: I’ll write our characters breaking up or in an angsty scene.
« : memory from the past with your character
» : a future event my character would like to happen with them + yours [a daydream]
¿ : something my character would like to forget [specify in general or about yours]
☼ : A memory my character has with yours that they’ll never forget
♥: Our characters will have a Mistletoe Kiss
★: Our characters will decorate the tree
¤: My character will give yours a present
❖: Our characters will go caroling
$: Our characters will go Christmas shopping together
❂: Our characters decorate eggs together
†: My character will have an egg hunt with yours
ღ: My character will give yours chocolate
❦: My character will admit she/he loves your character
✯: Our characters will go see fireworks together
♬: Our characters will go to a parade
ッ: Our characters will go to a costume ball together
☾: Our characters will go trick or treating
♛: Our characters will wear matching costumes
Cerberus: Our characters raising a little hell together
Centaur: My character showing yours compassion
Harpies: Our characters getting into an argument
Sphinx: My character asking yours a hard question
Furies: One of our characters causing the other pain
Phoenix: One of our characters helping the other to rise above a bad situation
Dragon: My character guarding yours
Aerico: One of out characters nursing the other back to good health
Mermaid: Our characters going swimming together
Alicorn: Our characters doing something they thought was impossible together
Unicorn: Our characters creating magic (real or imagined)
Pegasus: Our characters fantasising together
Banshee: My character will mourn the death of yours
Bugul Noz: Our characters committing an act of charity together
Hiisi: Our characters camping out under the stars
Brownie: Our characters doing housework together
Faerie: Our characters causing mischief together
Jujak: One of our characters helping the other prepare for a special occasion
Lorelei: My character will take yours somewhere involving music
Torture Me: I’ll write a drabble about your character torturing mine or vise versa.
Take Me: my character will kidnap yours
Leave Me: my character will leave your character behind.
Deny Me: my character will either deny your character’s advances or deny them a ’ happy ending’
Grope Me: my character will grope yours.
Lick Me: my character will lick yours in any specified place or manner.
Suck Me: my character will suck on any body part of your character
Tease Me: my character will tease yours, whether in a friendly or a sexual manner
Please Me: my character will do anything to please yours
Bite Me: my character will bite yours on any part of their body
Blindfold Me: my character will blindfold yours in order to have their fun
Meet Me: My character is meeting yours either for the first time or just causally.
Greet Me: My character will greet yours, either at the door, at work, or somewhere else.
Own me: My character owns your character.
Slap me: my character will slap yours. In the sexual manner, or of anger. specify.
Call Me: My character will call your character for whatever reason.
Hug Me: My character will hug yours. Either by surprise or for a specific reason.
Give Me: my character will give yours a gift
Tickle Me: my character will tickle yours ruthlessly.
Hallucinations: My character will have hallucinations about your character.
Candle: Our characters spending time together by candle light.
❄ : drunk texts
Rain: I’ll write a fluffy drabble of our characters kissing in the rain.
Kill: I’ll write a angst drabble of my character violently killing yours.
Love: I’ll write a drabble of my character admitting they love yours.
Lust: I’ll write a drabble of our characters making love together.
Date: I’ll write a drabble of my character taking yours out on a date.
Defend: I’ll write a drabble of my character protecting yours.
Fight: I’ll write a drabble of my character fighting with/against yours.
Death: I’ll write a drabble of my character with yours on their deathbed.
Mourn: I’ll write a drabble of my character mourning yours.
Pet: I’ll write a drabble of my character buying yours a pet. (specify what kind.)
Wash: I’ll write a drabble of our characters showering/bathing together.
Pool: I’ll write a drabble of our characters swimming together.
Beach: I’ll write a drabble of out characters at the beach together.
Sing: I’ll write a drabble of my character singing to yours.
Snow: I’ll write a drabble of our characters building a snowman together.
Game: I’ll write a drabble of my character playing videogames with yours.
Movie: I’ll write a drabble of our characters watching a movie together.
Shop: I’ll write a drabble of my character taking yours shopping.
Cook: I’ll write a drabble of our characters cooking together.
Sleep: I’ll write a drabble of my character snuggling in bed with yours.
Rivalry: I’ll write a drabble of our characters having a rivalry between each other.
Obsession: I’ll write a drabble about my character having an obsession with yours. Vise versa.
Proposal : My character proposes to your character. Vise versa
Celebration: Our characters celebrate together. Or have a party.
Secret: My character tells your character a secret.
Promise: My character makes a promise to your character.
Princess: Your character gaining everything they wanted thanks to mine or vise versa. (Be specific on who gets which role)
Servant: My/your serving yours/mine, no matter what. (Be specific on who gets which role)
Knight: My/your character defending the other. (Be specific on who gets which role)
Mercenary: My character getting payed for a favor of yours.
Seer: An event with our characters in the past or future.
Songstress: My/your character preforming, whether it is in front of an audience or just for your/my character. (Be specific on who gets which role and whether is private or public)
Magi: My/your character having a spell put on them and your/my character’s reaction. (Be specific on who gets which role and what spell you want cast)
Archer: My/your character setting a long-distance goal and aims to achieve it with your/my character’s help. (Be specific on who gets which role and what goal it is)
Thief: My/your character has stolen something from yours/mine and plans to escape with said item. (Be specific on who gets which role)
Healer: My/your character helping your/my character when they are hurt/sick. (Be specific on who gets which role, and whether the pain is physical, emotional, or just having to catch a fever)
Spirit: My/your character watching over your/my character. (Be specific on who gets which role)
Summoner: My/your character calling for yours/mine. (Be specific on who gets which role and what kind of situation.)
Fool: My character cheering up or amusing yours or vise versa. (Be specific on who gets which role)

howunpleasant:

nadinenihongo:

Guide to Self-Studying Japanese
A large proportion of Japanese learners self-study. Finding places to learn Japanese in a classroom environment can be difficult and expensive. Here’s a guide on how you can learn Japanese for free and from the comfort of your sofa.

When learning Japanese, the most important step is to learn Hiragana and Katakana, the writing alphabets of Japanese.
The best way I’ve found to do that is to make flashcards. Make sure you practice writing as well as recognizing them, this will not only be a great skill to have but will also reinforce the shapes in your mind.
Resources:
[Hiragana 42], the best guide I’ve found to learn the Hiragana (in a day!)[Hiranana and Katakana Quiz Site][Kana Invaders Game][Anki] An amazing program that will make sure you never forget any Vocabulary….

The next step is to start learning vocabulary. Where can you find what to learn? Use a site like Memrise to find word lists (for example, there is a word list for all the vocabulary in starter textbooks like Genki), and use the amazing interface to learn them and keep them in your long term memory.
Resources:
[Memrise] as mentioned above to find and learn vocabulary lists.[Most Common Words List][Anki] An amazing program that will make sure you never forget any Kanji….

While encountering vocabulary, you’re likely to be coming across super-complicated-looking Kanji. You can learn Kanji through Memrise as above, but there are some other websites that may be of interest.
Resources:
[Kanji Damage] A great site where you can learn Kanji through Mnemonics.[WaniKani] by the same people ho make TextFugu (below) can help you learn Kanji from scratch.[Anki] An amazing program that will make sure you never forget any Kanji….

The next step is to apply that new vocabulary to grammar points and start making sentences.
If you can’t get your hands on textbooks like Genki, don’t fear! There are a lot of great online grammar resources.
Resources:
[TextFugu] a highly rated ‘online textbook’ which will guide you right from the beginning of learning Japanese.[Guide to Japanese] another online textbook with a lot of grammar points and excellent explanations.

The Fun Parts: Using Japanese Online Media
So you probably have learnt Japanese because you have some interest in Japanese media. Time to start using it to your learning advantage!
Aside from the obvious watching Anime, J-dramas and films, why not try Reading Japanese News? Watching Japanese TV? Just make sure you are making these activities productive - note down new vocabulary, add them to Anki, and keep learning! It’s much easier to learn things you’re interested in. Try translating Japanese songs, etc.

The most important but difficult part of self-studying Japanese is getting your own compositions checked. Utilize all that grammar and vocabulary and write a short piece, it could be a diary entry or a short essay. Get it recorded for you by a native on RhinoSpike, and checked for grammar and consistencies on Lang-8.These sites also give you the chance to connect with Japanese natives, and perhaps start up some language exchanges!
For more resources, take a look at my Ultimate Resources List

Any more tips? Comment below!

howunpleasant:

nadinenihongo:

Guide to Self-Studying Japanese

A large proportion of Japanese learners self-study. Finding places to learn Japanese in a classroom environment can be difficult and expensive. Here’s a guide on how you can learn Japanese for free and from the comfort of your sofa.

When learning Japanese, the most important step is to learn Hiragana and Katakana, the writing alphabets of Japanese.

The best way I’ve found to do that is to make flashcards. Make sure you practice writing as well as recognizing them, this will not only be a great skill to have but will also reinforce the shapes in your mind.

Resources:

[Hiragana 42], the best guide I’ve found to learn the Hiragana (in a day!)
[Hiranana and Katakana Quiz Site]
[Kana Invaders Game]
[Anki] An amazing program that will make sure you never forget any Vocabulary….

The next step is to start learning vocabulary. Where can you find what to learn? Use a site like Memrise to find word lists (for example, there is a word list for all the vocabulary in starter textbooks like Genki), and use the amazing interface to learn them and keep them in your long term memory.

Resources:

[Memrise] as mentioned above to find and learn vocabulary lists.
[Most Common Words List]
[Anki] An amazing program that will make sure you never forget any Kanji….

While encountering vocabulary, you’re likely to be coming across super-complicated-looking Kanji. You can learn Kanji through Memrise as above, but there are some other websites that may be of interest.

Resources:

[Kanji Damage] A great site where you can learn Kanji through Mnemonics.[WaniKani] by the same people ho make TextFugu (below) can help you learn Kanji from scratch.
[Anki] An amazing program that will make sure you never forget any Kanji….

The next step is to apply that new vocabulary to grammar points and start making sentences.

If you can’t get your hands on textbooks like Genki, don’t fear! There are a lot of great online grammar resources.

Resources:

[TextFugu] a highly rated ‘online textbook’ which will guide you right from the beginning of learning Japanese.
[Guide to Japanese] another online textbook with a lot of grammar points and excellent explanations.

The Fun Parts: Using Japanese Online Media

So you probably have learnt Japanese because you have some interest in Japanese media. Time to start using it to your learning advantage!

Aside from the obvious watching Anime, J-dramas and films, why not try Reading Japanese News? Watching Japanese TV? Just make sure you are making these activities productive - note down new vocabulary, add them to Anki, and keep learning! It’s much easier to learn things you’re interested in. Try translating Japanese songs, etc.

The most important but difficult part of self-studying Japanese is getting your own compositions checked. Utilize all that grammar and vocabulary and write a short piece, it could be a diary entry or a short essay. Get it recorded for you by a native on RhinoSpike, and checked for grammar and consistencies on Lang-8.These sites also give you the chance to connect with Japanese natives, and perhaps start up some language exchanges!

For more resources, take a look at my Ultimate Resources List

http://nadinenihongo.tumblr.com/post/47984748297/ultimate-japanese-resources-list

Any more tips? Comment below!

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underworldobsessed:

Aoba compilation post

ryoukos:

paradise - a series of songs about the relationship between noiz and aoba

1. paradise - coldplay  2. shiver shiver - walk the moon  3. how we do - mount sims  4. what you know - two door cinema club  5. rainbow veins - owl city  6. are you satisfied? - marina and the diamonds  7. entertainment - phoenix  8. the breath of life - florence  + the machine

ryoukos:

paradise - a series of songs about the relationship between noiz and aoba

1. paradise - coldplay  2. shiver shiver - walk the moon  3. how we do - mount sims  4. what you know - two door cinema club  5. rainbow veins - owl city  6. are you satisfied? - marina and the diamonds  7. entertainment - phoenix  8. the breath of life - florence  + the machine


Noiz | DRAMAtical Murder

Noiz | DRAMAtical Murder